4 ingredient cherry danish

4 Ingredient Cherry Danish

May 24, 2022 8 Comments

This super easy 4 ingredient cherry danish recipe is the perfect breakfast, snack or sweet treat.

4 Ingredient Cherry Danish

From the recipe collection of Tara Ippolito

Did you know a 4 ingredient cherry danish recipe even existed?

I’m only asking because I always assumed making danishes was a complicated process.

I’m sure If you’re making them from scratch they are. But we take short cuts around here!

4 ingredient cherry danish cover

Using Pillsbury Crescent Rolls cuts major corners. It’s the perfect buttery base for this cherry and cream cheese danish.

I’m not an awesome baker and I’m completely okay admitting that. It’s never really been my thing.

finished cherry danish

Simple recipes like this are perfect for me. They’re super easy to do and are pretty much fool proof.

I love these 4 ingredient cherry danishes for breakfast, as a snack, for dessert or whatever.

cherry danish

It’s kind of an anytime food.

These are such a delicious no fuss recipe. I know if you try them you’ll love them as much as I do.

Other Simple Desserts

If you like simple semi homemade desserts like this one here are a few others you’ll be sure to love, too.

cinnamon roll apple pies

Tips to make this recipe its best

This 4 ingredient cherry danish recipe is very easy to follow.

There are some little things you can do to make sure it’s at it’s absolutely best.

cherry danish

Here are some tips:

  • Cream Cheese- make sure the cream cheese is softened. That will make it much easier to spread into the crescent rolls.
  • Sugar- don’t substitute the powdered regular sugar here. The cream cheese will be gritty not smooth and the texture will be way off.
  • Pie Filling- spoon the pie filling into a little divot on top of the cream cheese if you like the look of them being uniform. I actually prefer the kinda sloppier more random plops of cherry pie filling but that’s a great tip if you don’t.

4 ingredient cherry danish filling variations

So I love cherry pie filling.

It’s my favorite and that’s why I chose it for this Danish recipe here.

cherry pie filling

If you want to switch that out, be my guest.

Any fruit pie filling would be amazing here. Here are some suggestions:

apple pie filling
  • Apple
  • Blueberry
  • Blackberry
  • Strawberry

Get creative and use whatever you’d like.

How to store these cherry danishes

These cherry danishes are best kept in the fridge.

Try to put some plastic wrap on them to keep them nice and moist.

cherry danish

They can keep fresh in the fridge for up to 4/5 days.

4 ingredient cherry danish ingredients:


First take the pillsbury crescent rolls out of the container. DO NOT unroll them. Keep in in one big log.

crescent rolls in tube

Now slice them into about 1/2 inch rounds. This should make about 7-8 portions.

crescent rolls cut

Then lay them down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

crescent rolls on parchment paper

Using your fingers, make a dip in the center. Keep the edges tall so the fillings will stay inside.

crescent rolls with centers pushed down

Now mix the cream cheese and powdered sugar together.

cream cheese and powdered sugar

Take about a tablespoon and a half and place it in the center of the crescent roll round.

placing cream cheese mixture the center of the crescent rolls

Then take about a tablespoon of the cherry pie filling and place it on top of the cream cheese.

Cherry pie filing on top of the cream cheese

Bake them in the oven at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until the dough is lightly golden brown.

finished cherry danishes on parchment paper

Let them cool slightly and serve warm.

finished danishes

4 ingredient cherry danish recipe video

4 Ingredient Cherry Danish

This 4 ingredient cherry danish recipe is super easy to make and absolutely delicious. Its makes the perfect breakfast, snack or dessert.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 4 ingredient danish recipe, cherry danish, easy danish recipe


  • baking sheet
  • Parchment Paper


  • 1 can Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 7-8 tbs Cherry Pie Filling
  • 4 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 4 tbs Powdered Sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 375
  • Open the can of crescent rolls and keep them whole. DO NOT unroll them- keep it in a log shape
  • Using a sharp knife, slice them into equal rounds about 1/2 inch thick. This should make about 7-8.
  • Place them down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Using your fingers, push the center down. Be sure to leave a lip on the outside so the filling stays inside.
  • Now mix the cream cheese and powdered sugar together. Place about a tablespoon and a half into the center of each crescent roll.
  • Now add about a tablespoon of cherry pie filling on top of the cream cheese
  • Bake them for about 12-15 minutes or until the crescent rolls are lightly browned.
  • serve warm or at room temperature and enjpy.
Tara Ippolito

About Al Dente Diva

Tara Ippolito is a self taught home cook from New Jersey and cookbook author of Fast, Simple, Delicious. Better known as “T” across social media, she makes easy to follow recipes using familiar ingredients. T uses her Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest channels to share recipes and cooking tips for everyday people. Her motivation to share with her followers is simple. To inspire people to cook and become more comfortable in the kitchen.

As a wife and busy mother of two little boys she she’s always cooking fast family friendly meals. Sharing her kitchen with others that want to learn is a true passion of hers. As her social media platforms continue to grow she is committed to delivering consistently delicious content to her followers.

Al Dente Diva

Hello there! My name is T & I’m a home cook from New Jersey. I love to share easy to make recipes, cooking tips & kitchen hacks with people who love to cook like I do. My recipes are all easy to follow & use ingredients most people are familiar with. Being a busy stay at home mother of two, I have to cook delicious budget friendly meals that are fast to make. I hope you find something helpful here. Thanks for coming by.

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  • Beth May 29, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Preheat the oven to…..what? It doesnt say

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  • Anonymous July 19, 2022 at 7:03 am

    Is jelly/jam a viable substitute for the pie filling?

  • Kim H July 31, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    I made these and took them to work. They were a HUGE hit!!!

    • Al Dente Diva July 31, 2022 at 4:06 pm

      Yessss that’s what I like to hear!! Thank you

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